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Top places to shop at the beach

Let’s face it – one of the top highlights of any great vacation is very often the shopping. Delaware’s the perfect place for fulfilling that urge – thanks to its lack of a sales tax -- and the Delaware beaches are perhaps the best spot in the state to do it. From surf shops to unique home décor to hard-to-find fashions, jewelry and accessories, the Delaware beaches have what you’re looking for.

You’ll find that the kind of shopping will vary, depending on where you go. Out along the Coastal Highway/Delaware 1 near Rehoboth, you’ll discover tax-free shopping at its best at the three Tanger Outlet Centers, full of name-brand retailers. There’s Polo Ralph Lauren, Tommy Bahama and Puma for him; J.Crew, Chico’s and Ann Taylor for her; and The Children’s Place, Carter’s and Hartstrings for the kids. And don’t miss the factory stores by Coach, Kate Spade, Bose, Yankee Candle, Harry & David and other top retailers.

All along the Coastal Highway, keep an eye out for more unique finds, from home décor stores to hot-pepper-sauce shops.

In Rehoboth Beach itself, you’ll enjoy a more intimate and upscale shopping experience, thanks to the many fashion boutiques and art galleries that line the shady streets. Budget-minded shoppers are also at home in Rehoboth, which is also renowned for its affordable, family-friendly souvenir shops and offbeat toy stores.

The shopping options continue down the coast — be sure to check out the shops of Bethany Beach and nearby Ocean View. Families will love the budget-minded shopping options in Fenwick Island.